Let's take a selfie!

Picture time

Let's take a selfie!

A few years ago, standing in the middle of the road and posing for a camera would have garnered stares and giggles. But now, every other person has a mobile phone ready, looking for opportunities to take pictures of themselves.

Taking a ‘selfie’ has become so popular over the last couple of years that the word has even found place in the Oxford dictionary. Sites like Instagram are rapidly filled with pictures of people posing everywhere — in their rooms, at sleepovers, restrooms, restaurants, parks, with their pets, driving, on holidays and more.

A person’s life is an open diary, from the time they wake up to the time they sleep, because of this recent trend.

Sachin Singh, a student of Acharya Institute of Technology, says that he likes to take selfies whenever he is happy. “I want to show people that I’m happy so whenever I’m in a good mood, I take selfies. Whether it’s early in the morning, after my workout or in the night, I keep taking pictures. If I like a moment and want to remember it, I take a selfie. I only upload the selfies that I like on Instagram.”

Why this selfie obsession? “I like being in control of the camera; I don’t want to depend on others. This way, I can choose how to present myself and make myself look better,” says Jatin Maan, a student.

He adds that on an average, he takes ten selfies a day. “I like looking at my pictures because I’m never satisfied with any of them, so I take them at different angles.” Sameer, a software engineer, says, “I have a pretty face and don’t have a mirror so I take selfies. I find it awkward to ask another person to take a photo over and over again or pose in front of them.”

True selfie-lovers say they prefer using a selfie stick to enhance the experience. “The selfie stick helps capture a larger area. With it, we can take group selfies and no one is left out. Even though it’s a little expensive, it’s okay because we can capture moments that we have with friends,” says Sachin.   

It’s not just their own selfie that people love, but the photos of the numerous celebrities that are available. “I follow celebrities because I admire them. I think a selfie brings out the best in a person so I want to imitate their style. This year, my favourite selfie was Cara Delevingne’s on Instagram,” says Jatin. Sameer says that he follows over 200 people, of which he knows only 50 personally.

While this may seem like an extremely narcissistic act, there are people who disagree. “No, I don’t think it’s narcissistic. Rather, everyone has the right to be a narcissist. There’s nothing wrong with embracing your own beauty,” says Jatin.

Talking about the negatives of this fad, Sachin says, “People have to have a sense of responsibility and know that they can hurt others (like at Sydney). One should look at the circumstances and then take the picture.”

Jatin adds, “People sometimes become so obsessed with taking a selfie that they lose out on the real beauty around.”

But Sameer counters, “Now, taking selfies is the way to have fun. It’s a different kind of fun and there’s nothing wrong with it.”  

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